Employment Assistance & Supported Employment Training Options From HHSC


January 12th, 2022

Please see notice below from Monty Chamberlain, HHSC.

“HHSC is pleased to announce the delivery of in-person Employment First / Employment Services training for the first time since 2019.  This free one-day training opportunity has proven to be a very valuable opportunity to various levels of staff involved in the support of individuals who set the goal of competitive and integrated employment in the community.  Various staff from the Local Authority, along with private providers in the area, as well as stakeholder groups will benefit from this training.

With the very high turnover rates the last several years, this training provides the opportunity to garner a basic understanding of Employment First, Employment Services, Benefits and Work Incentives, Job Coaching, Employment Readiness Skills, and Employer Relationships.  Service Coordinators will benefit tremendously from this training as they serve as the first line in service planning.  Additionally, a myriad of staff such as social workers, employment support staff, direct service staff, case managers, Qualified Intellectual Disability Professionals (QIDP), management staff and many others have found this training valuable. In short, anyone who has a role in supporting an individual directly or indirectly will benefit from the training.

This training will be offered at numerous locations in the state from February thru August 2023.  We are pleased to advise that the first two events will be in Houston on February 7th and 8th.  Each day will cover the same training, thus only one day should be chosen when registering. 

Training will be held at the Harris Center 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77074 in Conference Room 104, 9am to 4pm.  Each event will have a max attendance limit of 70 people.  Thus, moving quickly to register will be important.  Please help us in getting the word out to your staff as well as sharing with others outside of your organization who can benefit.  Registration is easy. Registrants can use one of the two links below based on the best date for the registrant.”

Houston 02/07/23 Registration

Houston 02/08/23 Registration

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone on February 7th or February 8th!

August 1st, 2021

Live HHSC Training Workshop!

HHSC is announcing a free, one-day Employment First / Employment Services Training event to be offered in six cities from September 2021 thru December 2021. Employment promotes a more independent living setting and creates independence for a person in many ways. This training is another tool to increase the Employment First focus and provide better tools for providers to improve hands-on skills and increase job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Training includes:

·         Overview of Texas Employment First Policy

·         Employment services in Medicaid waivers

·         Basic facts on Social Security Administration disability benefits

·         Basic facts on developing an employment profile and vocational assessment

·         Building connections and working with families

·         Development of soft skills and job-readiness skills

·         Basic overview of applications and tablets for use as job coaches

·         Building and maintaining strong employer relationships

The training is specifically designed for any staff member who has a role in supporting people who set employment goals or people with direct, hands-on roles such as service coordinators, employment specialists, direct care staff, day habilitation staffjob coaches, supervisors and others who support individuals as they pursue competitive and integrated employment.


Registration Links for each event as follows:

*September 8, 2021 – Lubbock – MGM Elegante (801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401)


*September 29, 2021 – Austin – Norris Conference Center (2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757)


*October 13, 2021 – McAllen – Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center (701 South Ware Road, McAllen, TX, 78501)


*November 4, 2021 – San Antonio – Norris Conference Center (618 Northwest Loop 410 STE 207, San Antonio, TX 78216)


*November 17, 2021 – Corpus Christi – Region 2 Education Center (209 N Water St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401)


*December 1, 2021 – El Paso – Region 19 Education Center, (6611 Boeing Dr., El Paso, TX 79925)


Each event is limited to a maximum of 45 registrants.  HHSC highly encourages everyone to register early to make certain a space is reserved. HHSC will also offer a waiting list after they reach the maximum capacity for any event, which will be identified to anyone attempting to register once a given event is full.  Those on the waiting list will be contacted in the order received if they are notified of a cancellation.


June 28th, 2021

There are two Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living trainings in this series:

The web-based trainings cover employment services provided through HCS and TxHmL, information about the payer of first resort for employment assistance, and the basics of providing these services. They are designed to enhance staff knowledge about providing quality employment services to people enrolled in the waivers.

Each training has a corresponding quiz.


The Direct Service Workers web-based training provides information about employment services and how direct service workers can support people achieve their employment goals. The training covers federal and state initiatives related to employment for people with disabilities and touches on issues related to people who work and receive SSI or SSDI benefits. The training has a corresponding quiz.